Time to get your bike in for its Spring tune-up?
This article in the Seattle Times is one of a series about bicycling in the city, both as sport, recreation, and transportation to work.
The upshot is it’s safer to bike around Seattle, but only if you accept per-capita, or miles-ridden numbers. The numbers of people injured and killed are about where they’ve been.
The accompanying map shows the most likely spots for a cyclist to crash – which is helpful for someone calculating whether to make the plunge and start commuting-in from West Seattle.
Let’s focus on the good news. The map shows it is incredibly safe to bike around Green Lake, or even to bike across the I-90 bridge to Mercer Island and back.
Nevertheless, the City of Seattle is continuing to provide more miles of ever-safer paths for bike riders. This Seattle Times article shows the map of proposed greenways.
The City of Seattle estimates the total number of regular bike commuters has increased to 3000 in 2010, from 2200 in 2007.
With the cost of gasoline going up and the difficulty and expense of parking in downtown Seattle going up, what’s preventing people from biking to work?
It’s a long list of factors, and only one of them is the rain and cold. As you might guess, people are worried about their safety. Dexter Avenue North has been a long-standing trouble lane with many commuters who follow the bike-lane south and north being knocked off their bikes and injured, some killed.
A second factor is fitness. Though many might find a daily bike commute a great way to get some cardio fitness in, many aren’t in good enough shape to make a trek in from even Fremont.
The city and local bike clubs have a pretty impressive communication strategy in place to spotlight places to securely park your bike, places to change clothes, ways to piggy-back on light-rail and then complete your trip by bike. One focus is to encourage employers to encourage employees to commute-in, even if it’s only one day per week. Employers are nudged toward establishing ever more-detailed transport plans: where can an employee shower and change in the Starbucks or Frank Russell headquarters?
But for a prospective bike-commuter, it may come down to such mundane concerns as getting a flat tire. And there’s a solution for that – solid rubber tires. Problem solved!
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